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God has many attributes which are unobtainable by any man. God is a God who is high above us all, and none is like unto Him.  We as Christians can look at the simplest things and see God’s handiwork.  The creation is a beautiful thing that only God could have created. A person can look out the window and see nothing but green grass and trees, but Christians see more: they see that in every little thing there is a purpose, and in that purpose we glorify God.

Those purposes differ from object to object. For example, a Christian’s purpose in life is to glorify God in all we do and say, but for other things that may be different. God created this world perfect, but he also willed that the fall of Adam and Eve would take place. He willed that Satan would take the form of a serpent to tempt Eve to sin and therefore cause this world to be cursed. He also wills everything that happens in your life and in every person’s lives. This is shown in the Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 1: “And so preserves me that without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head.” How mind-boggling that not even a single hair can move without the will of God. The creation is in perfect order, and it could not have been created by anything other than a perfect being. Just sit and think that in his infinite power he can control all things at one time! Due to our totally depraved nature, we cannot even wrap our minds around that extreme fact.

God’s sovereignty is a huge part of the creation. In Genesis 1 we read that in only six days God created what we see today. It takes a person months to build a house. How much greater, then, is the creation. This passage also proves that evolution is completely false. God in his power and wisdom performed this miracle so that we as Christians can stand in awe of his mighty power, but man in his human nature perverts the name of God. No “Big Bang” occurred that out of pure luck formed the universe.

How often do we go about every day and not even think of God’s power, and then not even to think of how he is leading you through your life? The sad answer is, too often. We so easily spurt out a prayer that we pray every time just to say that we prayed. But how about we stop and think about how much control God actually has in our lives and while we think about that, rejoice in him.

Let’s consider the atom and the control God has over that as well. The atom is the smallest particle known to man on earth. So small is the atom that a human cannot see it without the help of a very powerful microscope. God has created this tiny particle for a purpose, and that purpose is to form all things. Everything from the house you live in to the pieces of paper that you are holding is formed by this smallest particle. God wills what happens in the atom from the electrons that revolve around the nucleus, to the protons and neutrons that make up the nucleus. God’s wisdom is seen in the beautiful design of these tiny particles, and in it we see the beauty of God’s creation.

We need to look deeper into this and understand that God does not just guide the atoms for no reason; he does it for a purpose. He makes all the functions happen in a certain order and at a certain time for us. He does it so that we can live a life pleasing to him. If he is controlling the smallest particle on earth for us, then how can we not feel the love he gives to us? How can we not know that God controls the atom along with us? If he is focused on that tiny particle, why would he not be controlling our lives as well? We should not worry if God is going to be there for us; rather, we need have faith and understand that God is all-powerful.

Man often does not realize the extent of God’s power. The universe is something that is mostly unknown to mankind. It is far bigger than we can comprehend, but it is not too big for God. Just to compare the earth and how vast the universe really is, I will use the star. Anyone can look up at night and see a star. It looks like a speck of dust, but in fact it is the size of, if not bigger than the earth you are standing on. And if that star, which looks like dust to you, is that massive, then imagine how big the universe is with an uncountable amount of stars in it. Stop and think that God did this in only six days. To us, it is unfathomable how huge the universe is that God has created for us.

As Christians, every time we look out the window or walk outside we should immediately see the glorious work of God. He alone created us. “Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture” (Ps. 100:3). It is noticeable in everything you see and do. God is good and, there is nothing that is more perfect and divine than he.  We belong to God, and he created us through his everlasting love.

So look out the window whenever you get the chance, but do not see only what is on the outside, but look closer. See the marvelous handiwork of your Creator and stand in awe of the world he created for us. He loves us, and that love is everlasting. The creation is filled with proof of the sovereignty, power, and love God has for and over all His creation. We are so blessed. Let us not take it for granted.

The Christian is placed in many different circumstances while on this earth. Some are characterized by hardships and trials, and others are full of joy and peace. How should the Christian respond? Throughout the Bible there are numerous times where God’s people sang in response to their various circumstances. Singing in response to God’s ordering […]

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The book of Proverbs was written by King Solomon to his young adult son. Solomon’s purpose in writing Proverbs was “that the generation to come might know them [God’s wonderful works]…that they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments” (Ps. 78:6–7). Throughout the book, Solomon […]

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The group of churches that John writes to in this trio of epistles had recently experienced a split because of doctrinal controversy. We do not know the exact content of the error that these false teachers were spreading, but it is apparent from John’s writing that their teaching somehow denied the truth of the incarnation—that […]

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Jael: An Example of Christian Warfare

This article was originally presented as a speech at a Protestant Reformed mini convention held at Quaker Haven Camp in August 2021. Jael lived during the era of the judges. Deborah the prophetess was the judge who served Israel at the time of Jael. During this time, the Canaanites under the rule of king Jabin […]

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Indiana Mini Convention Review 2021

One of this year’s “mini conventions” was hosted by Grace and Grandville Protestant Reformed Churches at Quaker Haven Camp. Located just over two hours away in northern Indiana, the camp was a perfect fit for the 120 kids and 15 chaperones who attended. A total of twelve different churches were represented: Byron Center, Faith, First […]

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Editorial, November 2021: Catechism Season

At the point that this edition of Beacon Lights arrives in the homes of our subscribers, most young people in the Protestant Reformed Churches will have been sitting under the catechism instruction of their pastor or elders for more than a month. If our readers are honest, that observation probably comes with a (quiet) sigh […]

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Tennessee Young People’s Retreat 2021

The 2021 Tennessee young people’s retreat was held August 9 to 13 by Providence, Hudsonville, Unity, and First (Holland) Protestant Reformed Churches. The retreat took place at Eagle Rock Retreat Center in the city of Tallassee. It was about an eleven-hour drive, give or take a bit due to stops for food and restrooms. Though […]

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